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Report: AMD in talks for German fab sale to TSMC

Posted: 14 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fab? semiconductor facilities? Dresden? Germany?

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is holding discussions about selling its Fab 38 plant in Dresden, Germany to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd according to a report. The report comes from Barron's, which sites Jefferies & Co. analyst John Lau as its source.

''We had heard this speculation before but those talks were deadlocked on approval by German officials,'' he writes in the report. ''We now hear that the talks are on again, probably with greater clarity from the German authorities and further review of AMD's outsourcing strategies.''

AMD has been one of the largest international investors in Germany during the previous decade. Total investment in the site, including Fab 30, Fab 36, and the Dresden Design Center, was approximately $5 billion by the end of 2006.

In its semiconductor facilities Fab 30 and Fab 36, AMD manufactures its processor families. AMDs newest fabrication facility will come online through a major transformation of the company's existing Fab 30, which will be named Fab 38.

Fab 30 is a 200mm plant, which will be converted to a 300mm fab in 2009 or so. The transition from 200mm to 300mm wafers allows for more than twice as many processors on a wafer.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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